Heavy rain leaves at least 34 dead in Brazil's Petropolis

TEHRAN, Feb. 16 (MNA) – At least 34 people died after heavy rain hit Petropolis, a city in the mountainous region of Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state, the local government said on Wednesday.

City streets were flooded by downpours, while landslides also resulted in fatalities, according to Reuters. 

President Jair Bolsonaro, who is traveling to Russia, said on Twitter he had asked ministers to help the city and the victims of the storm. Rio de Janeiro's Governor Claudio Castro went to Petropolis on Tuesday night.

"We are in Petropolis articulating all the help needed at this time," Castro wrote on his Twitter account, adding in a video statement that he would only leave the city when the response to the disaster had been organized.

Since December, heavy rains have triggered deadly floods and landslides in northeast Brazil and Sao Paulo state threatened to delay harvests in the midwest and briefly forced the suspension of mining operations in the state of Minas Gerais.


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